UWM Undergraduate Catalog 2017-2018


Peck School of the Arts


Theatre


Theatre

The Theatre Department at UW-Milwaukee (UWM) focuses on communication, innovation, and collaboration through theatre-making and theatre scholarship. It teaches theatre as a way of changing, exploring, analyzing, reflecting, and impacting society and the people in it. The department’s urban setting provides access to a thriving professional arts community with opportunities to engage with the region’s many cultural groups and institutions through service learning, mentoring and internships, fieldwork, and practicum placements. These experiences support students interested in developing as artists, educators, and scholars by actively exploring their role as theatre makers in the creation of community.

Degree Programs

The Theatre Department offers two separate degree majors.

The Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) in Theatre offers two tracks: Performance and Production. PERFORMANCE majors will focus on either Acting or Musical Theatre. PRODUCTION majors explore across the broad curriculum in Costuming, Stage Management, Technical Production, and Design.

The Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Theatre includes a track in K-12 Theatre Education.

Theatre study, in all degree programs within the department, begins with a common core of course experiences designed to provide learning opportunities encouraging participants to engage with theatre as a way of seeing, understanding, and communicating culture.

General Education. Theatre students must complete the General Education Requirements (GER) in Oral and Written Communication competency (OWC), Quantitative Literacy competency (QL), and Foreign Language proficiency prior to enrolling in 310-level or above theatre courses (see four-year plan suggestions below).

Laptop Requirement. Theatre students in all areas are encouraged to have a laptop computer.

Admission/Retention. To be accepted and continue in good standing within any Theatre degree program, students must meet or exceed all general university requirements, have and maintain a 2.5 GPA overall (with the exception of Theatre Education majors). BA degree majors must then maintain a 2.75 GPA within the major, with the exception of Theatre Education majors, who must maintain a 3.0 in their major. All BFA Theatre majors must maintain a 3.0 in the major after being accepted into their program.

Additionally, all Theatre majors in all programs must pass all Theatre Core courses with a C grade or better. Students will be put on probation or be denied continuation in their program if they receive a D grade or lower in any Theatre Core course.

Theatre Education intended majors must pass the PPST test before being accepted as a major. As per Wisconsin State statutes, all Theatre Education students must also pass the Praxis II Theatre Content test before being allowed to engage in their student teaching fieldwork.

Continuation. Students who are in danger of being dropped or put on probation will receive a written warning. Any Theatre student who is dropped or suspended from his/her program (due to failing/low grades and/or academic misconduct) has the right to an appeal. Any student wishing to appeal must inform the Chair and his/her Area Head of their interest and in writing. Students must then meet with the Chair and the Area Head to discuss their appeal. The appeal may then be forwarded to the Theatre Department Appeals Committee, which consists of three full-time, tenure track, indefinite status, or tenured theatre faculty; a faculty member of the student's own choosing, and the Theatre Department Chair. In addition, a Peck School of the Arts Student Services Advisor will be present at the appeals committee meeting as a non-voting member. Appeals committee findings will be given to the student in writing and in a timely manner.

Capstone. All programs and tracks in undergraduate programs within the Theatre Department require a capstone experience. The Theatre Capstone serves as a laboratory for students and provides a framework for application of developing skills and knowledge. Depending on semester, program, or project, capstones are executed and evaluated within the following courses:

BA Degree
     Theatre 410 (Stage Directing)
     Theatre 465 (Theatre Capstone)
     Theatre 472 (Performance Workshop Capstone)
     Theatre 475 (Rehearsal and Performance)
     Theatre 485 (Elem. Level Student Teaching in Theatre) or
     Theatre 486 (Secondary Level Student Teaching in Theatre)

BFA Acting Degree
     Theatre 571 (Acting 6)

BFA Musical Theatre Degree
     Theatre 472 (Performance Workshop Capstone)

BFA Production Degree
     Theatre 675 (Advanced Studio) or
     Theatre 685 (Internship-Professional Internship)

Capstone evaluations are used to assess student outcomes and program goals. 

BACHELOR OF FINE ARTS (BFA) IN THEATRE

The Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) in Theatre provides intensive specialized coursework for students seeking professional training in one of two separate tracks: Performance or Production. The Performance BFA has two 130-credit tracks in either Acting or Musical Theatre. The Production BFA is a singular 120-credit track embracing all the areas of production including design, costume, prop, scenery, lighting, sound, and stage management.

The BFA focuses on uncovering the potential of the individual student in the development of personal performance and/or production practices. The BFA curriculum supports student exploration of theatrical processes including new works as well as the established canon of dramatic literature. The program approaches the work in fresh and innovative ways, giving students a wide range of tools to speak to the contemporary moment both as actors on stage and as artists in production studios, rehearsal halls, and backstage.

The specialized tracks in the BFA build on the objectives of the department’s core curriculum to nurture within each student a deepened, strengthened, and developing professional level of competency. Each track of specialization follows an integrated curriculum based on an intensive, specialized array of courses. These focused arcs of training endow students with a sense of their own identity as artists. Students must continue to show artistic growth and progress and meet academic grade requirements (see above) to continue in the program. Admission to each BFA track is selective and progress reviews are conducted each semester allowing for direct feedback to the student and a chance to explore changing interests or career paths.

  • BFA Acting: The program builds on the objectives of the department’s core curriculum to develop within the student a deepened, strengthened, and professional level of competency in acting and a sense of identity as a performing artist. It prepares students for advanced graduate study in performance or entry into the profession of theatre practice.
  • BFA Musical Theatre: The program builds on the objectives of a foundational core curriculum in music, dance, and theatre to develop within the student a deepened, strengthened, and professional level of competency in all three areas of performance.
  • BFA Production:  Utilizing a specialized array of classes across all areas of production and building on the foundational core curriculum, the program focuses on uncovering the creative potential of the individual student by developing skills, techniques, and practices for theatre and performance events in the areas of design, scenery, lighting, props, sound, and stage management. Classes prepare students for advanced graduate study or entry into professional theatre positions.

Application Process. The Theatre BFA is in compliance with all general requirements for undergraduate degrees including the general education, continuation, and laptop program requirements (see above). Admission to each BFA track is based on an audition (Acting, Musical Theatre) or interview (Production). Prospective students are encouraged to pre-audition or pre-apply to the Theatre BFA programs during their senior year of high school. Accepted students will gain full admission to their BFA Program on successful completion of their GER core competency requirements. For more information on the application process and to apply online go to: uwm.edu/arts/theatre/

Acceptance into the BFA in Musical Theatre requires a successful audition and application packet prior to beginning in the theatre major, either as an incoming freshman or transfer student. Acceptance into the BFA in Acting requires a successful audition and application that may be made either prior to entering the major as an incoming freshman or transfer student or at the completion of the first year (freshman) Theatre Core sequence.

Application to the BFA is encouraged following successful completion of the first-year (Freshman) Theatre Core sequence (see schedule in suggested 4-year plans below).

BFA program applicants must submit the following:

  1. A separate application form;
  2. A statement of purpose;
  3. A current resume;
  4. Copies of high school or appropriate college transcripts (for transfer students). [Unofficial copies are acceptable for departmental purposes.];
  5. Two confidential letters of recommendation, preferably from instructors familiar with the student’s artistic and/or academic abilities. Letters should be submitted in signed and sealed envelopes or sent electronically directly from the recommender and will remain confidential and the property of UWM; and
  6. Acting and Musical Theatre candidates should submit a headshot or other suitable photo.

Freshman and transfer applicants must additionally complete the UWM admission process, be accepted into the university, and send separate copies of transcripts and letters of recommendations directly to the department.

All materials may be submitted to the department electronically.

Following review of applications, all candidates will be contacted for interviews or, for Acting and Musical Theatre candidates, participate in an entrance audition. In the Production interview, candidates will have an opportunity to present representative samples of their work/experience in theatre or related skill areas and to chat with the faculty about their goals. The interview allows time to talk about the Production curriculum and to explore the specific interests of the candidate. Based on this interview, faculty can craft and advise an individualized and challenging arc of training from the many production classes in scenery, lights, sound, props, costumes, and stage management, as well as opening the entire PSOA class offerings to explore the connections between theatre and all the arts.

Additional Musical Theatre Entrance Requirements. Some required courses of the Musical Theatre Track have placement-level testing. As part of the Musical Theatre entrance audition, students take Piano and Theory Placement Exams to determine in which level of piano and music theory to enroll.

Piano: Depending on audition results, a student may be required to enroll in MusPerf 1 (Piano Fundamentals I and II) for two semesters. Proficiency for these courses requires a passing grade of B or better. If piano proficiency can be demonstrated through the Piano Placement Exam, then two semesters of piano lessons at the MusPerf 101 level are required.

Theory: Depending on exam results, a student may be required to enroll in Music 101 (Fundamentals of Music), or test into Music 123 (Aural Theory 1) with 3 additional credits available toward electives. Proficiency for these courses requires a passing grade of C or better.

End-of-Semester Review Process. BFA Theatre faculty will assess students' academic and artistic growth through individual conferences at the end of each semester. 

Student Evaluation
. All BFA Theatre majors who do not demonstrate a consistent level of artistic and academic improvement and maintain at least a 3.0 GPA in their program may not advance, may be placed on probation, and/or dropped from the program. 

Appeal Process
. Any BFA Theatre major who is dropped from the program has the right to appeal. The appeals committee will consist of two full-time, tenured or tenure track faculty, or teaching academic staff, from the Peck School of the Arts, a faculty member of the student’s own choosing, and the faculty member who oversees the specific degree track. In addition, a Peck School of the Arts Student Services advisor will be present as a non-voting member. Outcome(s) of the appeal will be given to the student in writing and in a timely manner.

BFA DEGREE REQUIREMENTS
(Except for Musical Theatre BFA program Track)

Total to Graduate

120-130 credits
(depending on track)

University Core Curriculum

45

Theatre Department Core

19-32 by track

BFA Track Requirements and Electives

43-66 by track

Total to Graduate

120-130 by track

UNIVERSITY CORE CURRICULUM

45 cr

Competencies

 

Oral and Written Communication (OWC) – Part A and Part B

 

Quantitative Literacy (QL) – Part A and Part B

 

Foreign Language

 

General Education Requirements: Credits Outside the Peck School of the Arts

 

Humanities

6

Natural Sciences (Must include one lab.)

6

Social Sciences

6

Cultural Diversity (May be met by any designated 3-credit course approved for GER distribution in the humanities, social sciences, or arts.)

 

Additional Electives

12

Credits in Peck School of the Arts (9 credits must be taken in at least 3 different PSOA disciplines outside of Theatre. 3 credits may be taken inside or outside of Theatre.)

12

University Credits (outside of Theatre)

3

THEATRE DEPARTMENT CORE (All Theatre BFA Programs Except Musical Theatre)

 32 cr

One of the following:

Theatre 110

Fundamentals of the Actor's Process

3

or

 

 

Theatre 101

Acting for Non-Majors

3

or

 

 

Theatre 204

Theatre for Social Change

3

or

 

 

Theatre 260

Storytelling: (subtitle)

3

Theatre 230

Acting 2: Text and Performance

3

Theatre 213

Play Analysis

3

Theatre 214

Stagecraft (with lab)

4

Theatre 225

Costume Construction (with lab)

4

Theatre 236

Theatre Production and Design

3

Theatre 275

Performing Arts Management

3

Theatre 305

The Theatrical Experience: (subtitle)

3

Theatre 321

The Theatre: Beginning Through Realism

3

Theatre 322

The Theatre: Modern and Contemporary Period

3

 

BFA TRACK REQUIREMENTS

 

ACTING

53 cr

Required Courses

43 cr

Theatre 430

Stage Voice and Speech 1

3

Theatre 431

Stage Voice and Speech 2

3

Theatre 440

Physical Performance 1

3

Theatre 441

Physical Performance 2

3

Theatre 463 Master Class in Professional Theatre Study
1
     

Theatre 470

Acting Technique 3

3

Theatre 471

Acting Technique 4

3

Theatre 475

Rehearsal and Performance (2-3 cr As assigned, repeatable.)

6

Theatre 530

Stage Voice and Speech 3

3

Theatre 531

Stage Voice and Speech 4

3

Theatre 540

Physical Performance 3

3

Theatre 541

Physical Performance 4

3

Theatre 570

Acting 5

3

Theatre 571

Acting 6

3

Electives

Electives as discussed with advisor

10

Acting: Example of Required Courses in 4-Year Plan

130 Credits

Year 1

 

32 cr

FALL SEMESTER

 

University Core

General Education Requirements

6

Theatre 110

Fundamentals of the Actor's Process

3

Theatre 225

Costume Construction

4

Theatre 305

The Theatrical Experience

3

SPRING SEMESTER

 

University Core

General Education Requirements

6

Theatre 214

Stagecraft

4

Theatre 230

Acting 2: Text and Performance

3

Theatre 236

Theatre Production and Design

3

Year 2

 

32 cr

FALL SEMESTER

 

Theatre 213

Play Analysis

3

Theatre 430

Stage Voice and Speech 1

3

Theatre 440

Physical Performance 1

3

Theatre 470

Acting Technique 3

4

PSOA Core

Required Elective

3

SPRING SEMESTER

 

Theatre 224

Make-up

3

Theatre 431

Stage Voice and Speech 2

3

Theatre 441

Physical Performance 2

3

Theatre 471

Acting Technique 4

4

University Core

General Education Requirements

3

Year 3

 

34 cr

FALL SEMESTER

 

Theatre 321

The Theatre: Beginnings Through Realism

3

Theatre 530

Stage Voice and Speech 3

3

Theatre 540

Physical Performance 3

3

Theatre 570

Acting 5

4

University Core

Required Elective

3

SPRING SEMESTER

 

Theatre 322

The Theatre: Modern and Contemporary Period

3

Theatre 475

Rehearsal and Performance

2

Theatre 531

Stage Voice and Speech 4

3

Theatre 541

Physical Performance 4

3

Theatre 571

Acting 6

4

University Core

Required Electives

3

Year 4

 

32 cr

FALL SEMESTER

 

Theatre 275

Performing Arts Management

3

Theatre 475

Rehearsal and Performance

2

University Core

Required Elective

3

PSOA Core

Required Elective

9

SPRING SEMESTER

 

Theatre 322

The Theatre: Modern and Contemporary Period

3

Theatre 475

Rehearsal and Performance

2

University Core

Required Elective

3

PSOA Core

Required Elective

3

Theatre Electives

Degree Electives

4

 

THEATRE BFA DEGREE REQUIREMENTS FOR MUSICAL THEATRE PROGRAM 

 130 credits

University Core Curriculum

  45

Theatre Core for Musical Theatre BFA Program

  19

BFA Track Requirements and Electives 

  66

Total to Graduate

130

UNIVERSITY CORE CURRICULUM

45 cr

Competencies

 

Oral and Written Communication (OWC) – Part A and Part B

 

Quantitative Literacy (QL) – Part A and Part B

 

Foreign Language

 

General Education Distribution Requirements: Credits Outside the Peck School of the Arts

 

Humanities

6

Natural Sciences (must include one lab.)

6

Social Sciences

6

Cultural Diversity course (May be met by any designated 3-credit course approved for GER distribution in the humanities, social sciences, or arts.)

 

Additional Electives (outside PSOA)

12

Peck School of the Arts Credits for Musical Theatre BFA Track

12

Music 244

Basic Diction in Singing

1

Dance 315

History of American Musical Theatre

3

Choral Ensemble

(1 credit/semester; 2 semesters)

2

Art or Film Course

3

Elective in any area in PSOA

3

General Elective

3

THEATRE CORE FOR BFA MUSICAL THEATRE

19 cr

Theatre 110

Acting 1: Fundamentals of the Actor’s Process

3

Theatre 213

Play Analysis

3

Theatre 230

Acting 2: Text and Performance

3

Theatre 236

Theatre Production and Design

3

Theatre 321

The Theatre: Beginning through Realism

3

Select one of the following:

4

Theatre 214

Stagecraft (with lab)

 

Theatre 225

Costume Construction (with lab)

 

BFA TRACK REQUIREMENTS

 

MUSICAL THEATRE BFA REQUIREMENTS

66 cr

Required Courses

59 cr

Music 101

Fundamentals of Music

3

MusPerf 1 or 101

Piano Fundamentals or Piano Lessons (2 sem)

2

Music 123

Aural Theory for Musical Theatre

1

Music 142

Class Voice (group voice)

2

Music 143

Class Voice (group voice)

2

MusPerf 111

Lessons in Voice (1 cr/sem; 2 sem)

2

MusPerf 311

Lessons in Voice (2 cr/sem; 4 sem)

8

Dance ? Ballet

Dance 111, 112, 211, 212, 311, or 312 (2 cr/sem; 3 sem)

6

Dance ? Jazz

Dance 115, 116, or 310 (2 cr/sem; 3 sem)

6

Dance 117

Tap 1

2

Dance 327

Dance for Musical Theatre 1

2

Dance 427

Dance for Musical Theatre 2

2

Theatre 231

Introduction to Voice and Speech

3

Theatre 408

Acting in Musical Theatre

3

Theatre 470

Acting 3

3

Theatre 471

Acting 4

3

Theatre 472

Performance Workshop Capstone

3

Select from the following to total 6 cr (Variable credit as assigned/cast)

6

Music 457

Opera Theatre (repeatable)

 

Theatre 475

Rehearsal and Performance (repeatable)

 

Dance 490

Repertoire and Ensemble (repeatable)

 

Electives

Electives in music, theatre, or dance as discussed with advisor

7

MUSICAL THEATRE: Example of Required Courses in 4-Year Plan

130 credits

Year 1

 

32 cr

Fall Semester

16 cr

Dance 111

Ballet 1

2

Music 101

Fundamentals of Music

3

Music 142

Class Voice for Musical Theatre I

2

Music XXX

Choral Ensemble

1

MusPerf 1 or 101

Piano Fundamentals or Piano Lessons

1

Theatre 214 or 225

Stagecraft/Lab or Costume Construction/Lab

4

University Core

General University Requirement

3

Spring Semester

16 cr

Dance 111 or 112

Ballet 1 or 2

2

Music 123

Aural Theory 1

1

Music 143

Class Voice for Musical Theatre II

2

Music XXX

Choral Ensemble

1

MusPerf 1 or 101

Piano Fundamentals or Piano Lessons

1

Theatre 236

Production and Design

3

University Core

General University Requirement

3

University Core

General University Requirement

3

Year 2

 

33 cr

Fall Semester

16 cr

Dance 111 or 112

Ballet 1 or 2

2

MusPerf 111

Lessons in Voice

1

Music 244

Basic Diction in Singing

1

Theatre 110

Acting I

3

Theatre 321

Theatre History 1

3

Theatre 213

Play Analysis

3

University Core

General University Requirement

3

Spring Semester

17 cr

Dance 115 or 116

Jazz 1 or 2

2

MusPerf 111

Lessons in Voice

1

Theatre 230

Acting 2

3

Theatre 475, Music 457, or Dance 490

Performance Credit

2

University Core

General University Requirement

3

University Core

General University Requirement

3

Elective

(Outside of PSOA)

3

Year 3

 

34 cr

Fall Semester

 

17 cr

Dance 315

History of American Musical Theatre (OWC-B required course)

3

Dance 115 or 116

Jazz 1 or 2

2

Dance 117

Tap 1

2

MusPerf 311

Lessons in Voice

2

Theatre 231

Introduction to Voice and Speech

3

Theatre 470

Acting 3

3

Elective

(Related Elective)

2

Spring Semester

17 cr

Dance 115 or 116

Jazz 1 or 2

2

MusPerf 311

Lessons in Voice

2

Theatre 471

Acting 4

3

Theatre 475, Music 457, or Dance 490

Performance Credit

2

PSOA Elective

Art or Film Course

3

Elective

(Outside of PSOA)

3

Elective

(Related Elective)

2

Year 4

 

31 cr

Fall Semester

 

16 cr

Dance 327

Dance for Musical Theatre 1

2

MusPerf 311

Lessons in Voice

2

Theatre 408

Acting in Musical Theatre

3

Theatre 472

Performance Workshop Capstone

3

PSOA Elective

(Any PSOA Elective)

3

Elective

(Outside of PSOA)

3

Spring Semester

15 cr

Dance 427

Dance for Musical Theatre 2

2

MusPerf 311

Lessons in Voice

2

Theatre 475, Music 457, or Dance 490

Performance Credit

2

General Elective

(Outside of PSOA)

3

Elective

(General Elective)

3

Elective

(Related Elective)

3

 

BFA PRODUCTION TRACK

43 cr

Required courses

14 cr

Theatre 412

Career Preparation and Development

2

Theatre 575

Studio (4 credit per semester, repeatable)

8

or

Theatre 475

Rehearsal and Performance (variable credit by assignment)

 

Theatre 675

Advanced Studio (repeatable)

4

or

    Theatre 685

Internship in Professional Theatre (variable credit)

 Electives

         29 cr.

Select from within the Production Curriculum:

 

Theatre 215

Properties Production

3

Theatre 218

Drafting and Design  Computer Modeling and Graphics

3

Theatre 224

Make-up

3

Theatre 285

Costume Production II

3

Theatre 301

Theatrical Millinery

3

Theatre 304

Costume Design

3

Theatre 314

Scenic Production Special Effects for Scenery

3

Theatre 315

Advanced Properties Production

3

Theatre 318

Scenic Design

3

Theatre 319

Scenic Painting

3

Theatre 325

History of Costume

3

Theatre 327

The Digital Theatre – Pocket Tech

3

Theatre 337

Sound Production

3

Theatre 338

Lighting Production

3

Theatre 343

Patternmaking and Draping

3

Theatre 380

Stage Management

3

Theatre 418

Lighting Studio

3

Theatre 432

Advanced Practicum

3

Theatre 435

Production Management

3

Theatre 437

Sound Design and Digital Editing

3

Theatre 480

Leadership Skills for Mgmt.

3

Theatre 675

Advanced Studio (repeat to 12 cr.)

1-6

Theatre 689

Independent Study – Stage Mgmt.

1-4

Theatre 692

Independent Study – Tech

1-4

Theatre 693

Independent Study – Costumes

1-4

Theatre 698

Independent Study – Mgmt.

1-4

Theatre 699

Independent Study

1-4

Or outside the Production Curriculum:

 

Theatre 231

Intro to Voice and Speech

3

Theatre 407

Contemporary Theatre Performance

Variable

Theatre 410

Directing

3

Theatre 497

Study Abroad in Theatre

Variable

Or any other courses in PSOA in consultation with your advisor.

 


BACHELOR OF ARTS (BA) IN THEATRE

The Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Theatre focuses on communication, innovation, and collaboration through theatre-making and theatre scholarship. It encourages students to experience theatre as a creative endeavor that influences society and the people in it. The program sustains students’ engagement and learning so they may develop as artists, educators, and scholars actively engaged in their role as theatre makers in the creation of community.
 
The BA program is designed to support the breadth of theatre learning through socially responsive, creative, and educative practices. The curriculum focuses on site-specific work, educational theatre, applied, critical, civically engaged, and devised work. The program requires students to engage with theatre in multiple settings, institutions and cultures – the stage, the classroom, and the community at large. The BA in Theatre also supports a professional track area for students seeking a Wisconsin Theatre Teaching license in PK4-12 Theatre.

Program Requirements. The Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Theatre is a 120-credit program. BA Theatre majors are required to fulfill the department’s core then focus their study on educational and social justice theatre, creative storytelling, and civic engagement through theatre, ethnographic drama, playwriting, and dramaturgical research. For more information please see: uwm.edu/arts/theatre/ba/

BA Theatre students execute a capstone production/project as a culminating demonstration of their learning. PK4-12 Theatre Education students complete their capstone experience through student teaching. The BA capstone is overseen by faculty and may include off-site work. All capstones and student teaching are evaluated through a portfolio process. 

Students electing to focus their major in Theatre Education are prepared as future urban Wisconsin Theatre teachers of grades PK4-12. On successful completion of all degree requirements, Theatre Education students are recommended for #325 Theatre licensure in the State of Wisconsin. For more information please see: uwm.edu/arts/theatre/theatre-education

Bachelor of Arts in Theatre Curriculum. The minimum degree requirement is 120 credits. BA Theatre Degree requirements (excluding the BA Theatre Education Track) are distributed as follows:

BA DEGREE REQUIREMENTS

Total to Graduate

120 cr

University Core Curriculum

45

Theatre Department Core

32

BA Track Requirements and Electives

43

Total to Graduate

120

UNIVERSITY CORE CURRICULUM

45 cr

Competencies

 

Oral and Written Communication – Part A and Part B

 

Quantitative Literacy (QL) – Part A and Part B

 

Foreign Language

 

General Education Requirement: Credits Outside the Peck School of the Arts

 

Humanities

6

Natural Sciences (Must include one lab.)

6

Social Sciences

6

Cultural Diversity (May be met by any designated 3-credit course approved for GER distribution in the humanities, social sciences, or arts.)

 

Additional Electives

12

Credits in Peck School of the Arts (outside of Theatre) (3 credits in at least 3 different areas)

12

University Credits (outside of Theatre)

3

THEATRE DEPARTMENT CORE (All Programs)

 32 cr

One of the following:

 

Theatre 110

Fundamentals of the Actor's Process

3

or

 

 

Theatre 101

Acting for Non-majors

3

or

 

 

Theatre 204

Theatre for Social Change

3

or

 

 

Theatre 260

Storytelling: (subtitle)

3

Theatre 230

Acting 2: Text and Performance

3

Theatre 213

Play Analysis

3

Theatre 214

Stagecraft (with lab)

4

Theatre 225

Costume Construction (with lab)

4

Theatre 236

Theatre Production and Design

3

Theatre 275

Performing Arts Management

3

Theatre 305

The Theatrical Experience: (subtitle)

3

Theatre 321

The Theatre: Beginnings Through Realism

3

Theatre 322

The Theatre: Modern and Contemporary Period

3

BA THEATRE DEGREE REQUIREMENTS

43 cr

Required Courses

 

25 cr

Theatre 204

Theatre for Social Change (if not taken previously)

3

Theatre 260

Storytelling: (subtitle) (if not taken previously)

3

Theatre 320

Performing Community

3

Theatre 410

Stage Directing

3

One of the following:

 

 

Theatre 218

Drafting and Design Communication

3

or

 

 

Theatre 359

Playwriting

3

One of the following:

 

 

Theatre 304

Costume Design

3

or

 

 

Theatre 318

Scene Design

3

or

 

 

Theatre 323

Special Topics in World Theatre: (subtitle)

3

or

 

 

Theatre 324

Theatre in the Americas: Latin American, Caribbean, and Latina/o Theatre

3

or

 

 

Theatre 325

History of Costume

3

or

 

 

Theatre 330

Acting Topics

3

or

 

 

Theatre 357

Digital Audio Workstations for Stage and Studio

3

or

 

 

Theatre 418

Lighting Design

3

or

 

 

Theatre 437

Sound Design and Technology

3

One of the following:

 

 

Theatre 448

The Creative Classroom: Drama and Arts Learning K-8

3

or

 

 

Theatre 473

Theatre in Elementary Education

3

or

 

 

Theatre 474

Theatre in Secondary Education

3

One of the following:

 

 

Theatre 465

Theatre Capstone: (subtitle) (Must take minimum of 2 cr; may repeat once.)

2-4

or

 

 

Theatre 472

Performance Workshop Capstone (Must take minimum of 2 cr; may repeat once.)

2-4

Recommended Electives: Electives are chosen in consultation with the individual student’s departmental advisor. Students are encouraged to take upper-level courses (310 and above) and/or courses in BFA programs (after their degree requirements have been met, with permission from course instructors).

18 cr

The following BA electives (non-required courses) are offered irregularly as electives in the major:

 

Theatre 108

Introduction to Musical Theatre

3

Theatre 111

Theatre Games

3

Theatre 202

Theatre Practicum

2

Theatre 224

Make-up

3

Theatre 231

Introduction to Voice and Speech

3

Theatre 308

Advanced Make-up: (subtitle)

3

Theatre 311

Advanced Improvisation

3

Theatre 339

Stage Combat

3

Theatre 360

Service Learning in Theatre: (subtitle)

1

Theatre 407

Contemporary Theatre Performance: (subtitle)

3

Theatre 432

Advanced Theatre Practicum

2

Theatre 497

Study Abroad in Theatre: (subtitle)

1-12

Theatre 694

Independent Study - Directing

1-4

Theatre 695

Independent Study - History, Literature, and Criticism

1-6

Theatre 696

Independent Study - Playwriting

1-6

Theatre 697

Independent Study - Theatre Education and Theatre for Young Audiences

1-6

BA Theatre: Example of Required Courses in 4-Year Plan

120 Cr

Year 1

 

30 cr

FALL SEMESTER

 

 

University Core

General Education Requirements

9

Theatre 110

Fundamentals of the Actor's Process

3

Theatre 213

Play Analysis

3

SPRING SEMESTER

 

University Core

General Education Requirements

9

Theatre 230

Acting 2: Text and Performance

3

Theatre 275

Performing Arts Management

3

Year 2

 

32 cr

FALL SEMESTER

 

 

University Core

Required Electives

6

Theatre 224

Costume Construction

4

Theatre 236

Theatre Production and Design

3

Theatre 260

Storytelling

3

SPRING SEMESTER

 

University Core

Required Electives

6

Theatre 204

Theatre for Social Change

3

Theatre 214

Stagecraft

4

Theatre 305

The Theatrical Experience: (subtitle)

3

Year 3

 

30 cr

FALL SEMESTER

 

 

PSOA Core

Required Electives

6

Theatre 218 or 359

Drafting and Design Communication or Playwriting

3

Theatre 321

The Theatre: Beginnings Through Realism

3

Theatre 448 or 475

Theatre Education Methods

3

SPRING SEMESTER

 

Theatre 320

Performing Community

3

Theatre 322

The Theatre: Modern and Contemporary Period

3

PSOA Core

Required Elective

3

BA Degree Elective

Elective

3

University Core

General Elective

3

Year 4

 

28 cr

FALL SEMESTER

 

 

PSOA Core

Required Elective

3

BA Degree Elective

Electives

6

Theatre 410

Stage Directing

3

Theatre 465 or 472

Theatre Capstone: (subtitle) or Performance Workshop Capstone

2

SPRING SEMESTER

 

Theatre 304, 318, 323, 324, 325, 330, 357, or 457

BA Required Choice Elective

3

BA Degree Electives

Electives

9

Theatre 465 or 472

Theatre Capstone: (subtitle) or Performance Workshop Capstone

2


BA Theatre Education Licensure Program

The Theatre Education Program of study, within the BA Theatre degree program, is a 120-credit degree that prepared future urban theatre teachers for grades PK4-12.

BA THEATRE EDUCATION TRACK REQUIREMENTS

Total to Graduate

120 cr

University Core Curriculum

45

Theatre Department Core

32

Theatre Education Track Requirements and Electives

43

Total to Graduate

120


Admission and Continuation Requirements
. All students admitted to UWM professional education programs (including the Theatre Education track) must take the Pre-Professional Skills Test (PPST) required by the Department of Public Instruction of the State of Wisconsin. Students must pass the PPST before acceptance to the licensure program in Theatre. All students must also take and pass the Praxis II Theatre Content Test prior to being approved for student teaching. Post-baccalaureate students must pass the PPST and Praxis II Theatre Content Test before acceptance to the licensure program in theatre (as per Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction regulations).

Students must have at least a 2.75 cumulative grade point average (within general University courses) and a 3.0 within the major to be admitted to the Theatre Education Program.

Students must have successfully completed the Communication and Foreign Language Competencies (see below) and Oral and Written Communication (OWC) and Quantitative Literacy (QL) competencies and have at least 58 credits (completed or in progress) before being accepted as a major into the Theatre Education Program. For purposes of advisement, prior to meeting this requirement students are identified as "Theatre Education Intended."

After meeting the above requirements, students submit an official application form and are interviewed by the Director of the Theatre Education Program. The results of this application are then sent to the Peck School of the Arts Student Services Office and students are informed whether they have been accepted into the program.

The application interview includes a discussion of the student's professional goals and a review of the student's past theatre work. In the review, students may include materials such as:

  1. A discussion of the student's professional goals.
  2. A review of the student's past theatre work. Students may include materials such as:
    • resume;
    • transcript;
    • rehearsal/production diaries;
    • documentation of directing/performance experience showing representative roles or productions;
    • practicum/design/production work (photos/renderings/working drawings/samples) in design of costumes, scenery, sound, and lighting, etc.; or
    • work with learners in urban environments.

Students who are not accepted into the licensure program at the time of their interview may reapply in the following semester.

Communications Requirement. Students interested in pursuing a professional education teaching credential must also take a communications course. At UWM students may choose either Commun 101 or 103 (Commun 101 is a GER Social Science course; Commun 103 is a GER Humanities course).

Human Relations Requirement. The Human Relations Requirement provides prospective teachers with awareness and understanding of intercultural relations within the educational setting. The requirement is met with coursework and classroom experience.

Effective July 1, 1992, and pursuant to 1987 Wisconsin Act 31, a license to teach may not be granted unless “the applicant has received instruction in the study of minority group relations, including instruction in the history, culture, and tribal sovereignty of American Indian tribes and bands located in this state.” Currently, this requirement is met through satisfactory completion and a passing grade in one of the following courses: Ethnic 203, Hist 263, Anthro 213, or English 276 (with the special topic "Literature, History, and Sovereignty of Upper Midwest Indians"), or Wisconsin Act 31 seminar attendance. Questions regarding this requirement should be directed to the student's academic advisor.

Fieldwork and Student Teaching. A passing score on the Praxis II Theatre Content Test, a clear criminal background check, and a negative TB test, along with an application of intent are required prior to working in public schools and student teaching.

Teaching Portfolio. The Theatre Education course of study requires that students compile a teaching portfolio that demonstrates teaching proficiency in their area of expertise. Changes in State and Federal Laws may require that students also submit this portfolio along with other artifacts to an external assessment company or organization for further review and/or approval.

Students are responsible for developing a professional portfolio that is developmental in nature, contains evidence of teaching ability, and is evaluated at the beginning, middle, and end of their program. The portfolio should also be available in an online format and will be compiled as a part of their major theatre education methods and field experience requirements. Evidence of teaching proficiency must include:

  1. record of PPST passing scores;
  2. transcript demonstrating 2.75 GPA;
  3. copy of current resume;
  4. lesson plans written and taught in early field experiences and student teaching;
  5. examples of student and pupil work in video and/or photo formats;
  6. statement of teaching and learning philosophy;
  7. draft of a Professional Development Plan;
  8. written evaluations and observations from cooperating teachers, university supervising teachers, and methods class instructors;
  9. self-evaluations and/or teaching journal based upon early field experience teaching and student teaching experiences; and
  10. evidence of proficiency (or better) in all ten InTASC, UWM, DPI, and AATE teaching standards.

Application for WI #325 Theatre Teacher License: In keeping with DPI requirements, UWM Theatre students must have a 2.75 cumulative grade point average within the general University and 3.0 in the major to be approved to apply for a teaching license after graduation.

Following admission to the Theatre Education Program and successful completion of the specified Theatre Education course of studies, a student seeking recommendation for teacher licensure must successfully fulfill the following requirements:

  1. fulfill all degree requirements;
  2. fulfill the Field Experience Requirement;
  3. demonstrate at least a 2.75 cumulative GPA;
  4. pass all sections of the Pre-Professional Skills Test (PPST);
  5. pass the Praxis II Theatre Content Exam;
  6. successfully complete student teaching;
  7. demonstrate mastery of the knowledge, skills, and dispositions necessary for a career in the field of theatre education through the use of an electronic teaching portfolio (see explanation below); and
  8. pass any teacher evaluations/tests required by the State of Wisconsin.

Course Distribution: The course distribution for the Theatre Education Program is as follows:

BA THEATRE EDUCATION TRACK REQUIREMENTS

Total to Graduate

120 cr

University Core Curriculum

45

Theatre Department Core

32

Theatre Education Track Requirements and Electives

43

Total to Graduate

120

UNIVERSITY CORE CURRICULUM

45 cr

Competencies

 

Oral and Written Communication (OWC) – Part A and Part B

 

Quantitative Literacy (QL) – Part A and Part B

 

Foreign Language

 

General Education Requirement:  Credits Outside the Peck School of the Arts

 

Humanities

6

Natural Sciences (Must include one lab.)

6

Social Sciences

6

Commun 101 or 103 (University General Elective and required by DPI)

3

Required School of Education Courses

 

Ed Psy 330

Introduction to Learning and Development

3

One of the following:

 

 

CurrIns 545

Reading in the Content Areas: Middle, Junior, and Senior High School

3

or

 

 

CurrIns 343

Teaching of Reading

3

One of the following:

 

 

ExcEduc 300

The Exceptional Individual

3

or

 

 

ExcEduc 531

Inclusion for Secondary Educators: Humanities, the Arts, Foreign Language

3

or

 

 

ExcEduc 605

Child, Learner, Disabilities

3

Credits in Peck School of the Arts (outside of Theatre) (3 credits in at least 3 different areas)

12

University Credits (outside of Theatre)

3

THEATRE DEPARTMENT CORE (All Programs)

32 cr

One of the following:

 

 

Theatre 110

Fundamentals of the Actor's Process

3

or

 

 

Theatre 101

Acting for Non-majors

3

or

 

 

Theatre 204

Theatre for Social Change

3

or

 

 

Theatre 260

Storytelling: (subtitle)

3

Theatre 230

Acting 2: Text and Performance

3

Theatre 213

Play Analysis

3

Theatre 214

Stagecraft (with lab)

4

Theatre 225

Costume Construction (with lab)

4

Theatre 236

Theatre Production and Design

3

Theatre 275

Performing Arts Management

3

Theatre 305

The Theatrical Experience: (subtitle)

3

Theatre 321

The Theatre: Beginning Through Realism

3

Theatre 322

The Theatre: Modern and Contemporary Period

3

THEATRE EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS

39 cr

Required Courses

 

 

Theatre 204

Participatory Theatre (if not taken previously)

3

Theatre 260

Storytelling: (subtitle) (if not taken previously)

3

Theatre 320

Performing Community

3

Theatre 410

Stage Directing

3

One of the following:

 

 

Theatre 218

Drafting and Design Communication

3

or

 

 

Theatre 359

Playwriting

3

Two of the following:

 

 

CurrIns 664

Dramatizing Literature in Elementary Classrooms

3

or

 

 

Theatre 473

Theatre in Elementary Education

3

or

 

 

Theatre 448

The Creative Classroom: Drama and Arts Learning K-8

3

Theatre 474

Theatre in Secondary Education

3

Theatre 484

Fieldwork in Theatre

3

Theatre 485

Elementary Level Student Teaching in Theatre

6

Theatre 486

Secondary Level Student Teaching in Theatre

6

Select from the following electives:

4 cr

Theatre 111

Theatre Games

3

Theatre 202

Theatre Practicum

3

Theatre 224

Make-up

3

Theatre 231

Introduction to Voice and Speech

3

Theatre 304

Costume Design

3

Theatre 311

Advanced Improvisation

3

Theatre 318

Scene Design

3

Theatre 323

Special Topics in World Theatre: (subtitle)

3

Theatre 324

Theatre in the Americas: Latin American, Caribbean, and Latina/o Theatre

3

Theatre 325

History of Costume

3

Theatre 330

Acting Topics

3

Theatre 339

Stage Combat

3

Theatre 357

Digital Audio Workstations for Stage and Studio

3

Theatre 418

Lighting Design

3

Theatre 432

Advanced Theatre Practicum

2

Theatre 437

Sound Design and Technology

3

Theatre 465

Theatre Capstone: (subtitle)

2-4

Theatre 472

Performance Workshop Capstone

2-4

Theatre Education: Example of Required Courses in 4-Year Plan

120 Credits

Year 1

 

30 cr

FALL SEMESTER

 

 

University Core

General Education Requirements

9

Theatre 110

Fundamentals of the Actor's Process

3

Theatre 213

Play Analysis

3

SPRING SEMESTER

 

University Core

General Education Requirements

9

Theatre 260

Storytelling: (subtitle)

3

Commun 101/103

Required Course for Licensure

3

Year 2

 

32 cr

FALL SEMESTER

 

 

University Core

Required Elective

3

Theatre 225

Costume Construction

4

Theatre 236

Theatre Production and Design

3

Theatre 204

Theatre for Social Change

3

PSOA Core

Required Elective

3

SPRING SEMESTER

 

PSOA Core

Required Elective

3

Theatre 230

Acting 2: Text and Performance

3

Theatre 214

Stagecraft

4

Theatre 275

Performing Arts Management

3

Theatre 218 or 359

Drafting and Design Communication or Playwriting

3

Year 3

 

32 cr

FALL SEMESTER

 

 

PSOA Core

Required Elective

3

ExcEduc 300/531/605

Exceptional Education Course

3

Theatre 321

The Theatre: Beginnings Through Realism

3

Theatre 473

Theatre in Elementary Education

3

Ed Psy 330

Human Development

3

BA Elective

Elective

2

SPRING SEMESTER

 

Theatre 320

Performing Community

3

Theatre 322

The Theatre: Modern and Contemporary Period

3

Theatre 474

Theatre in Secondary Education

3

PSOA Core

Required Elective

3

Theatre 305

The Theatrical Experience: (subtitle)

3

Year 4

 

26 cr

FALL SEMESTER

 

 

Theatre 448

The Creative Classroom: Drama and Arts Learning K-8

3

Theatre 484

Fieldwork in Theatre

3

Theatre 410

Stage Directing

3

CurrIns 545 or 343

Teaching Reading

3

BA Elective

Elective

2

SPRING SEMESTER

 

Theatre 485

Elementary Level Student Teaching in Theatre

6

Theatre 486

Secondary Level Student Teaching in Theatre

6


THEATRE MINOR

Students may earn a Theatre Minor, or a Theatre Education Minor leading to a teacher licensure (#325).

Theatre Minor. The Theatre Minor study supports active learning thorough participation in creative, communicative, and innovative processes. It is extremely relevant to other areas of academic study across the University. The Theatre Minor addresses the Essential Learning Outcomes by focusing on creativity and communication skills within the dramatic and theatrical arts. 

NOTE:  Students are required to take at least 6 credits at the 300 level or above. 

REQUIRED COURSES FOR THEATRE MINOR

18 cr

Choose one of the following theatre-literacy courses:

 

Theatre 100

Introduction to the Theatre

3

or

 

 

Theatre 120

Performance and Popular Culture

3

or

 

 

Theatre 213

Play Analysis

3

or

 

 

Theatre 305

The Theatrical Experience: (subtitle)

3

Choose one of the following production management courses:

 

Theatre 236

Theatre Production and Design

3

or

 

 

Theatre 275

Performing Arts Management

3

Choose one of the following performance courses:

 

Theatre 101

Acting for Non-Majors

3

or

 

 

Theatre 110

Fundamentals of the Actor’s Process

3

or

 

 

Theatre 111

Theatre Games

3

or

 

 

Theatre 204

Theatre for Social Change

3

or

 

 

Theatre 260

Storytelling:  (subtitle)

3

Choose 9 credits from the following Theatre electives:

 

Theatre 100

Introduction to the Theatre (if not already taken)

3

Theatre 101

Acting for Non-Majors (if not already taken) – Note: Minor cannot include both Theatre 101 and Theatre 110.

3

or

 

 

Theatre 110

Fundamentals of the Actor’s Process (If not already taken) – Note: Minor cannot include both Theatre 101 and Theatre 110.

3

Theatre 111

Theatre Games (if not already taken)

3

Theatre 120

Performance and Popular Culture (if not already taken)

3

Theatre 202

Theatre Practicum

1-4

Theatre 204

Theatre for Social Change (if not already taken)

3

Theatre 213

Play Analysis (if not already taken)

3

Theatre 214

Stagecraft (w/lab)

4

Theatre 215

Properties Production

3

Theatre 218

Computer Modeling and Graphics

3

Theatre 224

Make-up

3

Theatre 225

Costume Construction

4

Theatre 230

Acting 2: Text and Performance

3

Theatre 231

Introduction to Voice and Speech

3

Theatre 236

Theatre Production and Design (if not already taken)

3

Theatre 260

Storytelling: (subtitle) (if not already taken)

3

Theatre 275

Performing Arts Management (if not already taken)

3

Theatre 304

Costume Design

3

Theatre 305

The Theatrical Experience: (subtitle) (if not already taken)

3

Theatre 311

Advanced Improvisation

3

Theatre 318

Scene Design

3

Theatre 320

Performing Community

3

Theatre 321

The Theatre: Beginnings through Realism

3

Theatre 322

The Theatre: Modern and Contemporary Period

3

Theatre 324

Theatre in the Americas: Latin American, Caribbean, and Latino/a Theatre

3

Theatre 325

History of Costume

3

Theatre 330

Acting Topics

3

Theatre 337

Sound Production and Digital Editing

3

Theatre 338

Lighting Production

3

Theatre 359

Playwriting

3

Theatre 380

Stage Management

3

Theatre 407

Contemporary Theatre Performance: (subtitle)

1-3

Theatre 410

Stage Directing

3

Theatre 418

Lighting Design

3

Theatre 437

Sound Design and Digital Editing

3

Theatre 448

The Creative Classroom: Drama and Arts Learning K-8

3

Theatre 475

Rehearsal and Performance

2-3

Theatre 497

Study Abroad in Theatre: (subtitle)

1-12


Theatre Education Minor.
The Theatre Department offers a teaching minor leading to a DPI #325 license. This program is open either as an “add-on” license for students pursuing, and accepted into, an education or teaching major in an appropriately related field (e.g., English, Social Studies, MCEA) or teachers who already have a State of Wisconsin teaching license in one of the subjects listed above.

Admission requirements for a Theatre Education minor are the same as those of a major (see Theatre Education admission requirements): Students accepted into the program will be expected to participate in an interview, pass the Praxis I and II Tests prior to admission to the program, their fieldwork, and student teaching (Theatre 484, 485, and Theatre 486). Additionally, students evaluated as lacking in theatre content information, skills, or knowledge will be required to take more than the minimum 21 credits listed here; each individual student's appropriateness, requirements, and their course(s) of study will be determined by the Theatre Education Program Director.

MINIMUM REQUIRED COURSES FOR THEATRE EDUCATION MINOR

45 cr

Required Theatre Content Courses

21 cr

Theatre 110

Fundamentals of the Actor's Process

3

One of the following:

 

 

Theatre 204

Theatre for Social Change

3

or

 

 

Theatre 260

Storytelling: (subtitle)

3

Theatre 213

Play Analysis

3

Theatre 236

Theatre Production and Design

3

Theatre 305

The Theatrical Experience: (subtitle)

3

Theatre 321

The Theatre: Beginnings Through Realism

3

Theatre 322

The Theatre: Modern and Contemporary Period

3

Required Methods and Practice Courses

24 cr

Theatre 410

Stage Directing

3

One of the following:

 

 

Theatre 448

The Creative Classroom: Drama and Arts Learning K-8

3

or

 

 

Theatre 473

Theatre in Elementary Education

3

Theatre 474

Theatre in Secondary Education

3

Theatre 484

Fieldwork in Theatre

3

Theatre 485

Elementary Level Student Teaching in Theatre

6

Theatre 486

Secondary Level Student Teaching in Theatre

6

 


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